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Man killed in Orange County collision involving dump truck

A man and an infant were the two occupants inside the car involved in the crash.

ORANGEFIELD, Texas — State Troopers are investigating a Friday morning crash involving a dump truck and a sedan near Bridge City.

12News crew was on the scene and saw a Tractor & Dump Truck Services truck hanging off the roadway on FM 408 in Orange County.

Around 8:15 a.m., Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the crash involving a dump truck and a Honda passenger vehicle.

As both vehicles entered a curve along the road, the driver of the Honda traveled into the northbound traffic lane and was struck by the dump truck, DPS says. 

A man and an infant were the two occupants inside the car. Although the child was properly secured in a car seat and did not have any visible injuries, an ambulance took the child to St. Elizabeth hospital for observation.

The driver of the Honda, 29-year-old Christopher Cooksey, of Orange, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.

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The driver of the dump truck, a 58-year-old resident of Orange, was not injured in the crash.  

Officials are urging drivers to take an alternate route as all northbound and southbound lanes of FM 408, near FM 105 in Orange County, are closed.

As of Friday morning, crews are working to clear the scene of the crash.  

This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

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Full news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety...

At approximately 8:15a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on FM 408 in Orange County. The crash occurred near FM 105 and involved a commercial motor vehicle. 

The preliminary DPS crash investigation indicates that a Honda passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on FM 408. A Freightliner dump truck was traveling northbound on FM 408. 

As both vehicles entered a curve, the driver of the Honda traveled into the northbound traffic lane and was struck by the dump truck. The driver of the Honda, 29-year-old Christopher Cooksey of Orange, was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton at the crash scene. 

The passenger in the Honda, an infant child, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth hospital for observation. The child was properly secured in a car seat and did not have any visible injuries. 

The driver of the dump truck, a 58-year-old resident of Orange, was not injured in the crash. At this time, all northbound and southbound lanes of FM 408, near FM 105, in Orange County are closed, as crews work to clear the crash scene.

  Motorists are urged to find an alternate travel route. Expect delays. There are no additional details available at this time.

Initial DPS release...

At approximately 8:15a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on FM 408 in Orange County. The crash occurred near Bridge City and involved a commercial motor vehicle.

Initial reports indicate that the crash involved a dump truck and a passenger vehicle. Details are limited; however, there are reports of serious injuries. Additional details will be released as information is confirmed.

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